'Community as a whole is grieving:' How to show support for fallen officer Charles Irvine
Updated: 11:27 a.m. on June 11, 2018
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Services for fallen Milwaukee Police Officer Charles Irvine Jr. will be held Saturday, June 16 at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield.
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Milwaukee Police Officer Charles Irvine Jr. died in a rollover crash while on duty Thursday. Irvine and his partner were pursuing a vehicle when their squad car flipped on Silver Spring Dr. and 76th St.
A memorial outside of Milwaukee Police District Four continues to grow throughout the weekend. The squad outside the station is completely covered in flowers, cards and teddy bears brought by fellow officers and community members.
Several fundraisers are now being held to help the community heal and raise money for the Irvine family. The Packing House in Milwaukee will hold a fundraiser all day Friday, June 15 at their restaurant. The owners are also making a sizable donation to the family. Owner Chris Wiken said they’re holding the fundraiser not only to help the family, but provide another outlet to help the community heal.
“That’s all we're looking to do is give a place for the community to come together and be able to mourn and grieve,” Chris Wiken said.
Last year, The Packing House held a benefit in honor of Milwaukee Building Inspector Greg ‘Ziggy’ Zyszkiewicz. Wiken said it benefited the community and hopes for the same outcome Friday.
“It was just really helpful not only for the family, but for members of the community that were trying to make sense of this tragedy and great loss for our city,” Wiken said.
Officer Irvine’s death hits close to home for the Wiken Family. Chris Wiken’s father and grandfather were both police officers.
“Tragically Officer Irvine lost his life in the line of duty, so that struck me right away,” Wiken said. “It didn't take long to talk with folks here at The Packing House, my coworkers and my friends who are police officers to have this idea.”
Sobelmans Pub n’ Grill said Milwaukee police officers approached them asking the restaurant to host a fundraiser too.
“No amount of money is going to make a difference to the family,” Owner Dave Sobelman said. “But it's a way for the community and the other officers to show support, gather and hopefully that will help the family."
Community events to remember Officer Charles Irvine Jr.:
Monday June 11:
Community vigil at W Silver Spring Dr. & 76th Street at 7 p.m.
Friday June 15:
Fundraiser at The Packing House, from the restaurants open to close
Saturday June 23:
Fundraiser at Sobelmans Pub n’ Grill